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HomeWord - Nov. 14, 2008

  • 2008 Nov 14
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Weapons that Blind
This devotional was written by Jim Liebelt

But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. — 2 Corinthians 11:3

Recently, I read a report on the Internet written by Lisa Small. Her report is titled, “Blinding Laser Weapons” and documents the development and use of laser weapons that are designed to blind soldiers on the field of battle. Small writes, “Although most countries play down the power of their lasers to blind on the battlefield, China, for one, has made no pretense of this potential use of its 73-pound, battery-powered ZM-87 Portable Laser Disturber. Although the Chinese system is not as portable as several of the American prototypes, its desired effect is the same: to injure or dizzy the eyes of an enemy combatant, in order to cause the enemy to lose combat ability or to suppress the enemy’s observation and sighting operations.”

I guess I’ve never really thought much about the tactics of war, but it makes a lot of sense that a soldier doesn’t have to be destroyed in order to be rendered useless. Using today’s technologies, soldiers can be taken out of the battle by being blinded through the use of laser weapons.

The Scriptures are clear that Satan is our enemy and is in the business of trying to destroy believers. But, perhaps like the tactics of modern warfare, today Satan doesn’t have to get rid of us to take us out of the battle. It may only take a strategy of blinding us. Anything that keeps us from pursuing our relationship with Christ and from serving Him can be used by Satan to blind us and keep us from being effective Christ-followers. When we lose balance in our lives good things like career, school, busyness, friends, hobbies and even ministry can turn into weapons to be used against us and blind us from sincere and pure devotion to Jesus.

Today, spend some time reflecting on the schemes Satan might use in your life to blind you in order to take you out of the battle. Protect yourself from Satan’s weapons. Put on the armor of God and stand firm.

GOING DEEPER:

  1. What strategy or strategies do you think Satan uses in order to blind you and prevent you from following Christ? 
  2. Pray and ask God to give you wisdom and His protection to stand firm against Satan’s schemes.

FURTHER READING:
John 10:10; 1 Peter 5:8-9; 2 Peter 1:5-8; Ephesians 6:10-19

Jim Liebelt is the Senior Editor of Publications at HomeWord.

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